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FINAL EXAMINATION PHIL 200A
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY I Examiner: Prof. Storrs McCall
Associate Examiner: Prof. Michael Hallett Date: Thursday, December 20, 2007. Time: 9am — 12pm Instructions: Answer ONE question from EACH section.
Answer in EXAM BOOK. No notes or texts are permitted in the examination.
Only translation dictionaries are allowed. You may keep the exam. This exam comprises 2 pages, including the cover page.
This exam is printed double-sided. Philosophy 200A: Final Exam. Section A. 1. Is the soul the harmony of the body? Incorporate at least one of Socrates’
responses into your answer. 2. Meno talks about the virtue of a man, a woman, a child and so on. Why does
Socrates hold that this does not constitute knowledge of virtue? What would
constitute such knowledge? 3. In his reply to Cebes’ objection, based on the analogy of the weaver and his cloak,
Socrates gives his ﬁnal argument for immortality in the Phaedo. State the
argument. Is it convincing? Section B.
4. How, according to Descartes, could a benevolent deity allow us to fall into error?
5. Dreamers and evil demons. What role do they play in Descartes’ philosophy? 6. What is the signiﬁcance of Descartes’ example of the piece of wax in Meditation
2? ' *- Section C. 7. According to Russell, am I acquainted with “myself”? What reasons exist for
thinking so? 8. State the coherence and the correspondence theories of truth. Which do you ﬁnd
most compelling and why? 9. According to Russell, what is the table you are writing on really like? Section D 10. We often think of time as consisting of past, present, and future. Is this an
accurate account of its nature? 11. Give at least one argument in favour of mind/body dualism. What are the
difﬁculties associated with such a position? 12. I can move my ﬁnger to the left, and I can move it to the right. Does this prove
that human beings are free? 13. Compare and contrast any two different philosophical arguments for the
existence of God. Say which you think is stronger and why. ...
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